Little Bear (I Can Read Book Series: A Level 1 Book)

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Overview

In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers—they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hoban's books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoff's popular Danny and the Dinosaur. Many books ...

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Overview

In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers—they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hoban's books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoff's popular Danny and the Dinosaur. Many books in this series are special in the depth of emotion evoked - Little Bear, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and Daniel's Duck by Clyde Bulla, to name a few - and all are enjoyed by children of all ages. Preschool - Grade 1.

Here are four stories about Little Bear and his mother, who is always there when Little Bear needs her. Beginning readers will feel a great sense of accomplishment reading each story by themselves, and will enjoy Little Bear’s adventures - flying to the moon, making birthday soup, and wishing for the impossible. Minarik, formerly a first-grade teacher, has captured the essence of little children perfectly in this funny, warm, and tender classic.

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Editorial Reviews

Virginia Haviland
A find, of proved success with the child who has first-grade reading skill. The story of Little Bear's imaginative play feels far removed from controlled vocabulary; Maurice Sendak's drawings give it special distinction. . .
Children's Literature
There are four stories in this beginning reader, which don't really get tied together until the last one. In the first Little Bear wants to go out and play in the snow, but he is cold so Mother Bear makes him some clothes. After wearing a hat, coat and trousers, Little Bear still isn't warm, so his mother suggests that he just play in his fur coat, which seems to work out just fine. In the next tale, Little Bear is afraid that his mother has forgotten his birthday so he sets about making some birthday soup. As his friends arrive to wish him a happy birthday, he invites them to join him for soup. At just the right moment, Mother Bear arrives with a birthday cake. Little Bear decides that he is going to go to the moon, but since he can't fly he just pretends he is one the moon, which it turns out for him, is very similar to Earth. In the final story, Little Bear can't seem to fall asleep and he starts wishing for a series of outlandish things when his mother asks what he wants. Finally he asks for a story about himself and she obliges by reprising the adventures in the first three chapters. Typical kid behavior is evident and kids younger than those who can read will probably enjoy the stories the most. The pictures by Sendak are probably the major reason for this reissue. A Beginning Reading, Level 1 in the "I Can Read Book" series. 2003 (orig. 1957), HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 7.
— Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812428810
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1978
  • Series: I Can Read Book 1 Series
  • Pages: 63
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Else Holmelund Minarik first introduced readers to her timeless character in the classic Little Bear. Publication of this book, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, launched the I Can Read series. This much-loved author continues to write stories for children at her home in North Carolina.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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Table of Contents

What Will Little Bear Wear? 11
Birthday Soup 22
Little Bear Goes to the Moon 36
Little Bear's Wish 50
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

    You might be familiar with the Little Bear series on PBS and Nic

    You might be familiar with the Little Bear series on PBS and Nick Jr. It is a charming television series for young children, but it is not nearly as charming as the books upon which it was based. 
    The first Little Bear book is properly titled "Little Bear". In it we are first introduced to delightful bear who wants to play outside, but fears it will be too cold, so he puts on a hat...and is still cold. And so it goes until the little bears is bundled up, still cold, and realizes (with the help of his mother) that he needs a fur coat, which, fortunately, he has. 
    The illustrations are by the incomparable Maurice Sendak, so they probably need no selling. Although, I will say, for those who may find the drawings of his children in other books impish or slightly sinister, there is nothing sinister about the darling little bear. He is perfectly rendered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Highly recommended! A must read for children and their parents.

    A friend's mother gave this book to my son 37 years ago. She told me at the time that someone had given it to her children and they loved it so she wanted my son and me to have the same experience. I had always given it to my friends when they had new babies and now I am giving it to their grandchildren!I always follow through by giving the entire series to each child. All my children loved Little Bear and I did too!

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    There is too much repetition of the same words over and over. Mama Bear said Little Bear said ad infintum. This makes it difficult to read out loud to a child.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Great book series for 1st graders

    My daughter is required to read nightly. This book is perfect for 1st graders. It challenges them and has an interesting story line.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Terrific Early Reader

    This is a great book that my almost five-year old daughter and I can read together. She feels great about being able to read many of the words, and I use it to teach her to sound out the more difficult ones.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

    Great for preschoolers!

    My son adores this book- he loves to follow along with the story as the CD plays. He enjoys the stories themselves and the process. I enjoy that it's engaging him in reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2009

    My daughter's favorite

    My 3 year old daughter adores Little Bear. The stories are sweet and wholesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Little Bear

    My grand-kids love Books. This is one they really like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2008

    I love Little Bear!

    As another review mentioned, this book brings back warm fuzzy memories of my childhood! I am so happy to find it again & intend to share it with the little kids in my life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2007

    An excellent read for children

    I LOVED this book as a child, and when I happened upon it again as an adult, I broke into tears. I will never forget how much of an escape it was 'even before I could read' to look into the life of this precocious little bear. Please read this with your children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    Reluctantly 5 stars

    A boy should be able to do what he believes is what is right to do, But when a meddling mom is involved, things go crazy. A child should be able to grow away from parents, both mom and dad, and become a self-sustaining person in society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    How a young boy needs his mom

    Four great stories of how a young boy needs his mom for protection and comfort, as well as for love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    A timeless classic

    I have a very rambunctious 3 year old. This tape as well as the Little Bear television show mesmerizes him and relaxes him like no other. I am not sure what the magic is, other than the sweet, tender stories are a welcome departure from the cartoons with ghosts, monsters and other creatures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Lil Bear

    I think that this is a great book for lil kids, and has a very interesting topic. Many of the characters also have no plot tothier reactions, emotions, or in general the wyay they act. Overall I think this book is very poor compared to the cartoon show of ' Little Bear'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2000

    fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ALL OF THE STORIES WERE FUNNY & WONDERFUL! I LOVE THE STORY 'BIRTHDAY SOUP'. 'MOTHER BEAR, MOTHER BEAR, WHERE ARE YOU?' CALLS LITTLE BEAR. 'OH, DEAR, MOTHER BEAR IS NOT HERE, AND TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY.' IT S BOTH A SWEET/FUNNY STORY!!! THE SWEET PART IS AT THE END WHEN MOTHER BEAR SAID SHE WOULD NEVER FORGET LITTLE BEAR'S BIRTHDAY. THE FUNNY PART IS WHEN LITTLE BEAR THINKS THAT MOTHER BEAR FORGOT HIS BIRTHDAY AND FORGOT THE CAKE-SO... LITTLE BEAR MARES BIRTHDAY SOUP! MY OTHER FAVORITE STORY WAS LITTLE BEAR'S WISH!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    One of my favorite books as a child

    The Little Bear series should be a part of every child's library. Beautiful stories with beautiful illustrations. My mother recently uncovered my old copies and now I am passing on the tradition by buying new copies for the children in my life.

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